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Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji October 4th 2006

We decided to take a break from the temples and take a day trip out to Himeji to see the castle there - supposedly the best one in all of Japan. It did not disappoint. It was massive, and beautiful. We walked through the women’s quarter first and then headed up to the castle itself. There were 6 or 7 floors, each with displays pertaining to the people who had ruled from here or about the construction of the castle itself. Halfway through the castle we got inundated by school groups again which put a bit of a damper on the experience, but it was still really neat. After a late lunch, we headed to the gardens next to the castle; these were by far my favorite gardens of the trip. Everything was natural (ie, made ... read more
Steve and I at Himeji Castle
A statue seen from the top floor of Himeji Castle
Samurai Armour

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji April 19th 2006

A quick stop at Himeji for a few hours to visit the very beautiful castle there. And was surprised to find many many beautiful cherry blossoms as well. Took way too many pictures (again). A nice 'little' city of only 2 million people! The weather was wonderful and sunny (we were definitely due for this) making the day that much nicer. It is very hard to believe that this part of my journey is coming to a close so quickly. Hope to get some photos loaded up in the next few days - working from an internet cafe at the moment, and trying to find out what I can and cannot do here. After Himeji, it was off to Kyoto. On this, our last train ride, I cracked open a bottle of sake that I bought ... read more
Himeji grounds
View of Himeji town
Watch your head

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji April 12th 2006

After being templed out in Kyoto we decided to take in some other of Japans famed sights. First on the list was Himeji Jo Castle. Himeji Jo is universally aclaimed as the most splendid Japanese castle still standing. It has a stately white form with a 5 storey main donjon (heavily fortified central tower) and three smaller donjons. The entire structure is surrounded by moats and defensive walls punctuted with rectangular and triangular openings for firing guns and shooting arrows. So, as far as castles go, it was kind of cool. It had a real gothicy feel about it and reminded me of the castle in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This time of year, of course, the whole place is dripping with cherry blossom, which adds something to beuaty of and already very impressive building. Not ... read more
Himeji Castle
in the grounds
From the top

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji September 10th 2005

Yesterday I woke up and joined my new friends in the common room again (Kyle and the Swiss guy- Kasper), and also an American guy who has been living in Japan for 18 years, so as you can imagine his Japanese is fantastic. And he also speaks heaps of other languages too, he speaks Japanese, Russian, and Spanish (oh, and English naturally) fluently, and he also speaks German, Chinese, Malaysian I think, enough to get by! Wow! That really impressed me! I would love to be able to speak heaps of languages! But it's only a matter of trying right? There's no reason to stop me from doing just that if that's what I want. But back to yesterday, we all sat around and talked for a good hour again before 10am when it was check-out ... read more
Shosa mountain
The temple used in The Last Samurai
Shosa mountain

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji August 15th 2004

Himeji Castle is one of world heritages in Japan that is located in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture.... read more
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle

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